Wendy Thorogood, Chair of the AoCPP, talks to Professor Brid Featherstone about the child protection implications of poverty, and what the sector and government need to acknowledge amongst an uncertain future. 


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In today's episode Wendy Thorogood, Chair of the Association of Child Protection Professionals talks to Professor Brid Featherstone about the child protection implications of poverty, and what the sector and government need to acknowledge amongst an uncertain future.

Brid Featherstone is Professor of Social Work at the University of Huddersfield. She was a member of the Child Welfare Inequalities Project, a research project investigating the relationship between poverty and children’s chances of becoming involved with child protection systems and being looked after. Brid is currently working with a number of local authorities on developing poverty aware practices in Children’s Services and local authorities more generally.

Brid has an international reputation in the areas of gender, fathers and child protection, and has advised on reforming child protection nationally and internationally. Most recently, she has co-authored the highly influential book Re-imagining Child Protection: Towards Humane Social Work with Families alongside Sue White and Kate Morris.

Wendy Thorogood is a retired Designated Nurse Consultant for children with NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) based in Dorchester. She trained at St Guy's hospital in London, specialising in child and adult nursing intensive care and cardiac and renal transplants.

Wendy delivered the national leadership programme for safeguarding for the Department of Health and worked directly with the NHS Confederation in relation to current changes, including: providing assurance that current and future providers of services are compliant in relation to safeguarding national and local standards; working with Lead Commissioners and the performance team to develop agreed key performance indicators and safety metrics for providers; and identifying and taking appropriate action on key risks and issues across commissioned services that may affect safeguarding of children and young people.

Wendy has also spent time working in a maternity unit in South Africa in a maternity unit and a Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) in Kent. She has also worked with drug users to improve maternal care - a project that still runs today.

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